Title: The Butterfly Project
Author: Emma Scott
Rating: 5 stars
“Wasn’t love a kind of chaos theory? One small look, one smile or one word could alter the course of a life forever.”
This book was beautiful and emotional and so skillfully written. Beckett and Zelda are both haunted by their parts and as they find each other they also find the way to forgiveness. Zelda is a graphic novelist who has come to New York to try and catch her big break. She has no back-up plan, limited funds and when she gets robbed- doesn’t have a place to stay. Just as she’s about to give up on her dream of getting her graphic novel published she meets Beckett. Beckett is working as a bike messenger/busboy to try and make ends meat, as it’s not easy to find well paying jobs with a criminal record.
They come to an arrangement where Zelda will stay with Beckett in his tiny apartment and will share all their expanses.
“I’m saying we’re both screwed, right? We can help each other out. This is how.”
Beckett notices something special in Zelda, something he can relate to. Both Zelda and Beckett share something painful in their pasts and although they are very different, they are also one and the same.
“I recognized the weight of guilt hanging around his neck, because I wore it too.”
They quickly forge a friendship. As they start to break down each others walls, that friendship slowly starts to develop into more. Zelda and Beckett are both broken in different ways. But they’re also both so very strong. Beckett has a heart of gold and is always there for Zelda and all the people he cares about. Zelda is such a determined character and although she has had a hard life, she shows much perseverance and is always there to support Beckett.
“You are my home. Where you are is home.”
This is a story of friendship and romance and showcases the way guilt can change a person, but also the way forgiveness can change a person. The story is powerful and uplifting and I loved everything about this book.The writing was magical, the characters were uniquely wonderful and the story itself was epic.
“There is a power in forgiveness… and magic in even the smallest of kindness”